Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Free Flow vs Outline
How do you write? Is the question a bit too general? I agree.
If you are currently writing, or have ever written a book, what does the process look like for you? More specifically, do you just write or do you use an outline?
On my first manuscript I just wrote as the story unfolded in my head. I had a rough, simple outline, but nothing more than a long paragraph written about the plot. While I was finishing that first manuscript, I ran across a well known author's website where she'd said she always used outlines when writing. So, from what I gathered, she'd create a chapter by chapter outline and then write the book. That sounded very intriguing and I decided to try that in a future manuscript.
I started writing my second manuscript without an outline, and about 10,000 words into it, I am beginning to entertain the whole outline idea again.
So Here's the Question:
Do you, or have you used an outline? And if so, what does it look like? How in depth do you go?